Friday Chit Chat: Denise Nakano; Christmas Dates; IAN TV, Events I’m Shooting

Happy holidays is in full swing, despite that autumn looking tree outside your window.  Let’s see what happy news is happening to our friends.

Congrats to Denise Nakano, NBC 10, who announced her engagement earlier this week, at the same time as dropping some headline news: Megan Markle’s engagement and that her diamond is not from Botswana. Botswana was where Prince Harry and Megan went on their 3rd date, and her engagement ring contains a diamond from there.  Denise tells me that her fiance got down on one knee, and just like Megan, she answered YES before he was done asking the question.

Speaking of engagements, Congrats to Michelle Conron, Cashman & Assocs. on her engagement to fiance Chris. A 2018 wedding is

Congrats to Stephanie Humphrey on her new gig on The Harry Show. She still appears locally on Fox 29’s Good Day Show

Celebrity Sightings: LeBron James ignoring a fan while cruising through the Ritz Carlton lobby to waiting buses to take his team, Cleveland Cavaliers, to Wells Fargo on Monday 11/27/17

Holiday Happenings: Despite last night’s earthquake the lighting ceremonies of Holiday Tree happened across the City including in East Passyunk and Old City.

Tonight the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest celebrates their Holiday Tree Lighting Powered by PECO from 6-9PM. This year, multi-award winning R&B songstress Chanté Moore will headline the event, singing songs from her first-ever Christmas album, “Christmas Back To You,” which consists of classic remakes and original songs alike. I’ll be heading to the Philly Pops Christmas Concert at the Kimmel Center, through December 19, 2017. TICKETS HERE. Tonight it’s Christmas Salute, the Philly Pops entertain military, as well as fire and police families in Philadelphia.

On Dec. 1 and Dec. 2, Ardmore will get into the holiday spirit with the fourth annual Cricket Cringle event along Cricket Avenue in Downtown Ardmore. Cricket Cringle will be open TONIGHT, December 1 st from 5pm-9pm and Saturday, December 2 nd from 10am-6pm. The market will feature more than 40 curated merchants, food trucks and vendors in the holiday marketplace selling specialty merchandise at all price points. Vendors will carry local or handcrafted items including jewelry, housewares, clothing, greens, wreaths, and gifts for all ages. I’ll be there Saturday afternoon photographing all the fun festivities. Don’t forget to participate in their popular and beneficial Downtown Dollar Program. Check out the information here.


Saturday December 2 I’m heading to Suburban Square to welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus to the courtyard! Santa will arrive in style and wants to have his picture taken with all the good boys and girls (I’ll probably get coal)! You get to take home a free photo with Santa. There will also be village carolers, a magician, kids crafts and lots of treats! I’ll be shooting Santa’s arrival between Noon and 1PM Suburban Square is located in the heart of downtown Ardmore on Lancaster Avenue (Route 30), just a few miles west of City Avenue.


SUNDAY IS THE JACK DANIEL’s Hot Toddy 5K – Register for the 2017 Jack Daniel’s Hot Toddy 5k before it sells out! Registration ends Friday night. I’ll be on hand to capture the run from 9am til 1PM Hope to see you.

THEN it’s off to cover the South Street Holiday Tree Lighting. Celebrate the spirit of the season as South Street Headhouse District presents our annual extravaganza Winter Wonderland on Sunday, December 3, 2017, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, at the Historic Headhouse Square Shambles on 2nd Street, 200 Pine Street .

What a year for this young man. A Philly Mag spread, hosting events in Philly and in NYC and now congrats to Ian Michael Crumm on the launch of his lifestyle Wellness Travel Style TV program launches – IAN TV.  Take the journey with Ian and subscribe to IAN TV.


ChitChat: Pie in the Sky, Ryan Dorsey, Sheena Parveen, Links & More.

Pie in the Sky, Ryan Dorsey, Sheena Parveen, Links & More.

Good Monday morning. Let’s jump into some chitchat….

Last a confetti cannon signaled a last push for the “Pie in the Sky” campaign at MANNA, after Sheila Hess, Phila City Rep, read a proclamation from Mayor Jim Kenney declaring November 2, 2017 as official Pie Day in Philadelphia as Sue Daugherty, RD LDN – CEO looks on; MANNA‘s Pie in the Sky is their largest annual fundraiser, and helps raise crucial funds to support our clients. All pies are purchased online at www.mannapies.org and can be picked up at over 50 locations in the greater Philadelphia area and Southern New Jersey just in time for Thanksgiving. Last day to order is November 17!

Our volunteers are the secret ingredient to pie success – and we need YOU! Kick off Thanksgiving week helping with pie distribution: working in our warehouse, delivering pies to pickup sites, and staffing pickup sites. For more information, contact Kendl Hommel at khommel@mannapa.org or (215)496-2662 ext. 136

Mike and I will be volunteering Thanksgiving morning, hope to see you there.

So long Nora Muchanic, I’m definitely feeling old with your retirement. (read more about her and her photographer Andy Doane here)
Former NBC10 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen was in town this weekend catching up with friends at Dandelion for lunch, then stopping by Vanity Salon for a touch up on her luscious locks.
Dr. Jen Cauldle, a regular on CBS3Philly, will be stopping in to see Dr. Oz today, which airs on Fox 29 at 1pm. The Dr’s are going
to be chatting about the latest Alzheimer’s research.
Happy Marriage to the Dorsey’s on the wedding this weekend.
Lot’s of changed going on his Ryan’s life after he announced last week:

I officially stepped down as Director of NOTO Philadelphia. It was a tough decision to make, being a part of such an incredible project has been quite the journey. However, it is time to focus on some personal hospitality ventures that will soon showcase.
The following day he put up a new logo “Dorsey”.
Congrats buddy!!

Happy Birthday to the legendary Patty Jackson; looking fabulous and blessed we’re so glad to see Patty winning in life after her stroke only 2 years ago.

On October 26, 2017, The Timothy School held their annual Take a Bite Out of Autism at The Barn at Liseter in Newtown Square. Guests enjoyed an evening of fun, entertainment and scrumptious foods presented by some of the area’s favorite restaurants including Davio’s and Flemings Steakhouse. (Photos)

InLiquid, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting visual artists from the Philadelphia area, held their highly anticipated VIP preview party at Icebox Project Space, located at Crane Arts in Northern Liberties. (Photos)

On Saturday, Oct. 28, Philly Fights Cancer: Round 3 took place at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia. With 1,700 guests in attendance, the annual event featured performances from John Legend and the nine-time Grammy-award winning group, Earth, Wind and Fire. (Photos) (PSM)

Hound-O-Ween at the Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons

Jersey Philly Man Magazine Annual Charity Fundraiser

Goldtex Halloween Party

Let’s live like Harriet Jodi Levin!!!
See you tomorrow…


Katy Perry Rehearses, Miller Lite Free Rides, DGX Philly to sell Beer

Hope you’re doing well. It’s another edition of Philly Chit Chatter… Free Rides to the Eagles Home Opener

Miller Lite Free Rides is back in Philadelphia for the fifth season to help Eagles fans travel to and from the home opener safely.   The Original Light Beer along with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) and Mueller Inc. are teaming up to provide fans with a safe and free way to enjoy the game responsibly. Miller Lite Free Rides will available on the Broad Street Subway Line on Sunday, September 24 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Fans traveling to the Eagles home opener against the Giants can access Free Rides on Sunday, September 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. To accommodate fans headed to the game, SEPTA will supplement regularly scheduled local train service with 10 extra “Sports Express” trips. More information about SEPTA Sports Express Service is available online at www.septa.org/events/sports.html.


Katy Perry toured the Lancaster area on Sunday stopping at a few places including The Amish Farm and House  and  dined at Olive Garden (remember that time Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez had dinner at the Olive Garden on Chestnut St.) She was in the area for rehearsals at Rock Lititz ahead of her upcoming “Witness” tour. The same day Lady Gaga who performed at the Wells Fargo Center this weekend, gave a shout out to Lancaster, her old stomping ground she told the crowd.
A reference to her ex-boyfriend Taylor Kinney ‘s boyhood town. Kinney has been quietly dating a 27-year-old girl from South Philadelphia, Alanna DiGiovanni, who still works at Jefferson Hospital a friend recently told me.
Itchiro Suzuki of the Miami Marlins came in to Davio’s Philadelphia for dinner last night.   He had San Danielle Prosciutto, Lobster Bisque, Caesar salad And Lobster Risotto  Thank you for the consideration!

FightsDGX Philly 1001 North 2nd Street opened last month. Last week I stopped by to check the subsidiary of Dollar Store General to see what they had to offer. It was nice, clean, bright with similar buys as Walgreen’s, but soon they’ll be selling Wine &  Beer. Rumor has it they’re having their “grand opening” this weekend. Stop by and check it out yourself


and pick up some of these delicious Zebra cakes.
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NBC10 has added a couple of Philadelphia natives to its news and First Alert Weather teams.

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I’m happy to announce I’ve joined the CBS 3 Philly family and will be chatting all things Philly celebrity doings, Philly pop culture, events and most importantly fun people. Listen to me every Friday on @981wogl (I started last month) and watch for me on Ch 3 in the near future. CBS3Philly will also be carrying my event photos, which many of you who follow me on Social Media knew I was looking for another outlet for a long time. Now with Philly Mag, Philly Style, Metro Philly, Philly Biz Journal and Liberty City Press (Al Dia, The Sun, China Star & PGN) the Philly Chit Chat brand is complete. Thank YOU Very much for your support of me.  Thanks to Fox 29 for giving me a home for the past 6 years.

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I noticed Burlington Coat Factory has moved down the street to 9th and Market, next to Century 21. Opening date is  September 22. Mina Say What will be on hand to great you.


 Mina Say What will also be hosting the Philly Puerto Rican Parade for the 3rd year next Sunday the 24th on the parkway! Check out the video above from last year, and head on down next week to say hi to her.



Philadelphia’s most star-studded event returns for Round 3 on Saturday, October 28, 2017, and will be held for the first time ever at Philadelphia’s iconic Navy Yard. This year’s Mistress of Ceremonies will be the legendary “EGOT” (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) winner Whoopi Goldberg. The evening will feature Grammy, Oscar and Golden Globe winner, headliner John Legend and a performance from America’s Got Talent star and cancer survivor, Caly Bevier. The night doesn’t end there. The Philly Fights Cancer After-Party will be headlined by the iconic,
8-time Grammy and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winning group, Earth, Wind & Fire.
Philly Fights Cancer: Round 3 invitations will be delivered soon and sponsorships are limited. Get involved now, see here for information about becoming a sponsor or contact soberroa@upenn.edu

PCCBuzz: Sir Charles Barkley, Poke Deli Comes to Fairmount, Nik The Web Chick and more

Hello Philly peeps. Hope everyone adjusted back to work yesterday. I didn’t. I did submit a few columns to my outlets, but only the Biz Journal published so far.  I have a few more photos to contribute from the over the weekend events, and on Sunday’s when I do my gossip/around town column I will put all the links to the events I photographed there.  Let’s see what’s happening with our friends and around town with PCCBuzz …

Before celebrating at the July 4th BBQ’s Jaimi Blackburn, Jen Lightner and Sir Charles Barkley worked out at the Ardmore, Pa Planet Fitness.
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The Rye Bread Cafe is barely cold at (2319 Fairmount Ave), and the Engimono (sp?) Poke & Deli is nearly ready to open in the next coming weeks.
Poke is an authentic Hawaiian dish and taking over Philly as quick as you can say “rolled ice cream”  It’s a fresh sushi grade poke bowl restaurant featuring ahi tuna, salmon, or vegetarian choice over a bed of rice or salad the sign says in the window. Rye Bread moved down the street earlier this year. (1711 Fairmount Ave)

I would have loved a Panda Express in Fairmountm it’s good news for folks in Washington Square West and Market East, the old McDonald’s space at 10th and Market will soon be a Panda Express. (946 Market St.)

Just down the street will a five Below will be opening soon in the old Lit’s Building. (739 Market Street)

Excited that The Palm will be opening July 15th, they’ve stated. Can’t wait to have my favorite lasagna dish for lunch.

Congrats to Richard Bush, who was in the band The A’s. While I was in college it was my favorite band and I would drag my friends around to all their shows. He’s singing the National Anthem before Friday nights Phillies game.

Congrats to Christopher Wink,  Technically Philly, and has now become the publisher and CEO of the company he founded. More about how that came about here

Seriously love this dad and son show….now a word from our sponsor

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Shout out to my new advertiser AACR

I’ve been covering AACR for a few years now, but am doing additional work and promotion with them for the rest of the year.  I hope to share their story with you, as well as help you get to know them better.
The AACR Foundation supports the American Association for Cancer Research, the oldest and largest cancer research organization in the world.

Follow them on instagram HERE

2017 AACR Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon
Sept 16 & 17

Save up to $50 when you register by July 15!

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Congrats to Nicole “Nik The Web Chick” Michalik for getting her own show on the new Real 106.1 in the best shift – 10a to 3p

What’s Happening Around Town

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Opens today at the PFS Roxy, our Center City movie theater at 2023 Sansom Street

Watch the news as it’s reported with the reporters from KYW Newsradio 1060 at The Shops of Liberty Place
16th and Chestnut Streets in the Rotunda



Road Closures and Security Measures for NFL Draft April 26 – 29 – Annotated

The exciting NFL DRAFT IS at our doorstep, no really it’s at my doorstep and it’s a month away and I’m in awe of the road closures.


Here is a comprehensive list of ROAD CLOSINGS for the event that is to bring $86 million dollars to our coffers, and 200,000 fans who when not on the Parkway will be filling our restaurants, visiting our Liberty Bell and Historic Area, and shopping our fine stores. There’s also info on how you can get around as many of the roads are closed.  (All of these measures are being done in the name of Security, and the safety of our guests.)

I’m crossing my fingers that shuttle buses from 2601 Parkway and 2401 The Philadelphian can run in the shaded red area which is marked “local access” so residents can get to work and appointments during the road closure days.


Phase 1: Think about taking SEPTA, it really is a relaxing experience and good practice for the NFL Draft when you will have to take SEPTA
Here’s their website http://www.septa.org/

Start: 4/10/17 – 12:01am
End: 5/7/17 – 11:59pm

  • Spring Garden Street westbound will close at Pennsylvania Avenue.
  • The westbound center roadway of Benjamin Franklin Parkway will maintain two lanes from 20th Street to Eakins Oval.  The left lane of Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be closed from East Eakins Oval to Spring Garden St. and continue to southbound Kelly Drive, where it will open up to three travel lanes.
  • The right two lanes of Eakins Oval in front of the Art Museum steps will be closed for the building of the theatre. (Traffic headaches are not as bad yet, as the closet lane to the Art Museum Steps is usually clogged with cars from tourists, so business as usual. Proceed with caution. Be on the look out for worker bees in the street though)
  • Southbound (They really should call this the INBOUND lane, cause really who knows what southbound is?) Kelly Drive will have a lane drop between 25th St. and Benjamin Franklin Parkway.


Phase 2:
Start: 4/19/17 – 12:01am to 5/3/17

  • Inner or Center lanes (inbound and outbound) of Benjamin Franklin Parkway closed from Eakins Oval to 20th Street.

Fans of all teams can follow the Draft, enjoy interactive exhibits and autograph sessions with current and former players, and take pictures with the Vince Lombardi Trophy at Draft Town presented by Oikos Triple Zero, a massive, free outdoor fan festival.

Phase 3: ONE WEEK Monday Night til Monday 5AM
 Basically Don’t USE  THE PARKWAY TO COMMUTE INTO or OUT OF THE CITY AT ALL if you want to maintain your sanity- Take SEPTA to WORK

Start: 4/24/17 – 7:00pm
End: 5/1/17 – 5:00am

  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be closed from 20th Street to the Art Museum.


  • Martin Luther King Drive will remain open to 24th Street.


  • Eastbound Spring Garden Street will remain open from 31st Street to 24th Street.


  • Kelly Drive will be closed at Fairmount Avenue with traffic detoured onto Fairmount Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue. (TAKE SEPTA AS THIS IS A LOCAL ROAD, runs right in front of my house, and is narrow with lots of traffic backed up. You will be frustrated as hell. )

Starting at 7:00pm on Monday, April 24th, due to the closure of the outer lanes on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, traffic headed inbound (to Center City) from Spring Garden Street Bridge or Martin Luther King Drive must exit Eakins Oval on the 24th Street ramp.  Traffic headed inbound on Kelly Drive must exit Kelly Drive at Fairmount Avenue.  Those wishing to access the rear of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the north side must exit onto Fairmount Avenue, turn right on Pennsylvania Avenue and proceed SB on 25th Street onto Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive.


Phase 4 – Full Extent of Road Closures: (i.e. DON’T EVEN TRY DRIVING INTO TOWN FROM THE BURBS from this area, you will be stuck in traffic, screaming at the radio; Better Yet Take a vacation during these days and got see the NFL DRAFT – It’s Free and it’s in PHILLY!!)
Start: 4/25/17 – 12:01am
End: 5/1/17 – 5:00am

  • 21st Street closed from Winter Street to Spring Garden Street
    • Local access to Pennsylvania Avenue only (all traffic must turn left)


  • 22nd Street closed from Race Street to Spring Garden Street
    • Local access to Park Towne Place only (residents)


  • 23rd Street closed from Fairmount Avenue to Benjamin Franklin Parkway
    • Local access only


  • 24th Street closed from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Park Towne Place
    • Local access only


  • Martin Luther King Drive closed at Sweet Briar Drive.
    • Road opened daily during peak AM rush hour on 4/27 & 4/28 (5AM-10AM) for access to I-676 via 24th Street


  • Kelly Drive closed from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Fairmount Avenue


  • Spring Garden Street Bridge closed at 31st Street
    • Road opened daily during peak AM rush hour on 4/27 & 4/28 (5AM-10AM) for access to I-676 via 24th Street
    • Access to I-76 westbound will be maintained
    • Local access to Art Museum will be maintained


  • Spring Garden Street closed from 22nd Street to Benjamin Franklin Parkway
    • Local access after peak AM rush hour


  • Pennsylvania Avenue closed from Hamilton Street to Fairmount Avenue
    • Local access after peak AM rush hour


  • Pennsylvania Avenue/Callowhill Street closed from 20th Street to 21st Street
    • Local access to Barnes Foundation driveway (westbound) only
    • Eastbound open from 21st Street


  • Park Towne Place closed from 22nd Street to 24th Street
    • Local access only (residents)


  • I-676 westbound 22nd Street off-ramp closed


  • The following streets be designated “local access only” west of 22nd Street: (Let’s call them #OpenStreetsPHL and have a bike event along these streets.)
  • Wallace Street
  • Mt. Vernon Street
  • Green Street
  • Judson Street
  • Brandywine Street

No Parking (Honestly, the City should discount the PPA Parking Lots for my neighbors who have cars, like during snow storms. This is really an inconvenience. There are at least 8 apartment buildings this afffects)

–   No parking on 2400 Pennsylvania Avenue (south side angle parking only) from 4/5 to 5/8
–   Pennsylvania Avenue between 22nd Street & Fairmount Avenue (south side of street only)
–   Winter Street between 20th & 22nd Streets (both sides of street)
–   20th Street between Vine & Callowhill Streets (east side of street only)
–   21st Street between Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Race Street (both sides of street)
–   22nd Street between Winter & Spring Garden Streets (both sides of street)
–   Park Towne Place between 22nd & 24th Streets (both sides of street)

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Bicycle Lane Detours
During venue construction, a number of bicycle lanes along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Eakins Oval and in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be detoured.  Appropriate signage will be prominently displayed, and cyclists are advised to utilize marked detours.

Pedestrian Detours
During venue construction, a number of sidewalks and pathways along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Eakins Oval and in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be detoured.  Appropriate signage will be prominently displayed, and pedestrians are advised to utilize marked detours and avoid walking in the street.  The primary north-south pedestrian detours will be 22nd Street and Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive.

Here are some of the highlights of the NFL DRAFT:

The fan festival activities will be FREE and last for three days along a half-mile stretch of the Ben Franklin Parkway. This will include “interactive exhibits, immersive games, and virtual reality experiences, free player autograph sessions and more.”

Hours for the fan experience:

Thursday, April 27: 12 pm – 11 pm

Friday, April 28: 12 pm – 11 pm

Saturday, April 29: 10 am – 6 pm

I wrote alot about the activities on my blog last month HERE

Public Transportation and Parking
SEPTA is a convenient, affordable way for fans to get to and from the event grounds.  The PHLCVB has secured FREE parking at the sports stadium complex for NFL Draft Experience attendees. (Hmm free parking for the fans?) From the sports stadium complex, event-goers should utilize the Broad Street Subway at AT&T Station, located at Broad Street and Pattison Avenue.  Fares can be purchased onsite, and fans are encouraged to purchase their return fare prior to departing AT&T Station.

SEPTA service changes/alerts can be found at www.septa.org.

SEPTA Customer Service can be reached at 215-580-7800 and directly on Twitter @septa_social.  For more information on SEPTA and NJ Transit routes and schedules during the NFL Draft Experience, visit www.septa.org or call 215-580-7800, and www.njtransit.org or call 973-275-5555.

The PHLASH Downtown Loop will add service for Thursday, 4/27 for the NFL Draft Experience and will operate its April weekend schedule Friday, 4/28Sunday, 4/30. PHLASH runs 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and is an easy, inexpensive way to get around.  PHLASH will re-route due to street closures during the NFL Draft Experience and will communicate any detours at http://RidePhillyPHLASH.com.

If driving into Center City is necessary, commercial off-street parking lots and garages conveniently are located near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Contact individual facilities in advance for rates and availability, or visit the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s website at www.philapark.org for a list of parking options.  The NFL Draft Experience is not affiliated with these parking facilities.

Parkway Institutions
Most of the cultural institutions on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will maintain normal hours of operation and, in some cases, even extend schedules during the NFL Draft Experience. Visitors and residents are encouraged to visit.

During the NFL Draft Experience, the west entrance (otherwise known as the official entrance, not the side of the museum with the Rocky Steps, that’s the back entrance) of the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be open and visitors may obtain access via pathways north and south of this entrance. Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive will be open at 25th Street, with access to the museum’s parking garage for museum visitors throughout the week.  The south entrance to Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive will remain accessible via the Spring Garden Street Bridge for museum visitors only.  Signage will be prominently displayed with directions.

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Ben Franklin Parkway, www.ansp.org, 215-299-1000
Regular operating hours: Thurs. April 27th and Fri. April 28th, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm; Sat. April 29th, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

On April 27-29, the Academy will offer free general admission to the museum to all visitors. In addition, an $8 Super Saver Ticket will be available for the special exhibits. Visitors who wear an NFL jersey, get $1 off the Super Saver ticket. Their special exhibit is Frogs: A Chorus of Colors, featuring 15 species of live frogs (on view through May 14).

The Barnes Foundation
2025 Ben Franklin Parkway, www.barnesfoundation.org, 215-278-7200
Thurs., April 27th: CLOSED for special event (ie sounds like an exclusive party with celebrities. I’ll be hanging out there on the sidewalk.)
Fri., April 28th and Sat., April 29th, regular operating hours: 10am – 5pm

Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Ave, www.easternstate.org, 215-236-3300
The historic site will remain open with regular hours – 10 am to 5 pm daily.

The Franklin Institute
222 North 20th St., www.fi.edu, 215-448-1200
Hours: The Franklin Institute will be open to the public from 9:30am-5pm during NFL Draft days (April 27-29).

Parking: The Franklin Institute’s parking garage entrance is located at 21st and Winter Streets, street parking and public transportation are strongly encouraged.

Special Offer: The Franklin Institute is offering a $2 discount on adult general admission for adult visitors wearing NFL team gear during draft days (April 27-29). (Wear your Eagles Jersey days.)

Free Library of Philadelphia – Parkway Central
1901 Vine St., www.freelibrary.org, 215-686-5322
Parkway Central Library welcomes NFL fans to experience guided tours of their 90 year-old beaux arts building and its world-renowned Rare Book Department.

Moore College of Art and Design
20th Street and the Parkway, www.moore.edu
Philadelphia Museum of Art
www.philamuseum.org, 215-763-8100

Main Building
26th & Ben Franklin Parkway
Open: TuesdaySunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday open until 8:45 p.m.
Perelman Building
Fairmount and Pennsylvania Aves.
Open: TuesdaySunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Rodin Museum
22nd St. and Ben Franklin Parkway, www.rodinmuseum.org, 215-763-8100
Open: WednesdayMonday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

This is truly a wonderful event to happen in Philadelphia. I’m excited it is here, and the Parkway is an amazing location to hold the NFL Draft. Living in the neighborhood that is affected by this amazing event, which is literally across the street from where I live, it would have been nice for my neighbors, especially the ones who have caregivers to know of the driving restrictions, people have to make arrangements, a few weeks notice is in adequate. With the Pope we had 3 months notice, and they had meetings with residents who live along the parkway even before they announced it to the press.

NFL Draft: Security Policy & Prohibited Items

For the safety of all fans, the following security measures will be in effect:

  • All fans and items (purses, small handbags, etc.) are subject to physical inspection by security personnel. Fans who do not agree to this search will not be allowed in the event.
  • No bags, purses, or backpacks larger than 16” x 14” x 12”
  • All weapons and firearms are prohibited within these premises including pepper spray and electronic stunning devices
  • No pets other than service animals
  • No bottles, cans, liquid containers, coolers (except for fans with medical / dietary needs)
  • No outside food or beverage
  • No video recorders except for credentialed media
  • No drones or UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) of any kind
  • No missile-like objects
  • No hover boards or any other self-propelled devices
  • No smoking, lighters or e-cigarettes
  • No laser pointers
  • No artificial noisemakers
  • No poles or sticks of any kind, including selfie sticks
  • No object that may obstruct another fan’s view, including umbrellas over 4’ in diameter
  • No folding chairs, bikes, or other large personal items
  • No promotional items with commercial slogans or identification without written consent from the NFL
  • Any item deemed dangerous or inappropriate, in management’s sole discretion, will not be allowed at the NFL Draft and NFL Draft Experience
  • Confiscated items will be disposed of and not returned
  • Items left in vehicles should be stored out of sight



Saturday Shots – A few Fun Shots Taken This Week & Notable News

Hope you had a great week. Thought I’d drop a few shots on Saturday here. Many of you may not follow me on Instagram where I post about 4 shots a day, a lot are newsworthy, which means a new store, a sale or something interesting. Plus I shoot things in general and just run out of time to post them, maybe on Saturday’s I’ll post them here.


On Thursday I headed to the Untouchables film set, which was at the Kimmel Center. It was still snowing, but worse it was freezing. Thankfully when I arrived Kevin Hart’s limo had the engine on, so I knew it wouldn’t be long before he popped out to head back to his trailer.



I could have stayed and caught a few more of the actors, but I noticed the trees were stunning with their new snow coats (That’s the wardrobe trailer on the right – this is the shot that told me get out and see beauty.)

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and I decided to go capture this rare sight

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I’m sure this women appreciates me grabbing this shot, although I was really obsessed with the guy’s hat on the right
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Everyone who has owned this house in Rittenhouse, has always put interesting things in this window.
More Snow Photos and a different one of Kevin Hart over at my column in Metro Philly

Also tune into CBS3 Philly Saturday night after the Grammy’s for a little piece they did on me and how to find the celebrities in Philly
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Last night I caught the very beginning of the Lunar Eclipse, but then went to the Susan G Komen party, which I’ll be writing about next week. The walk is coming up May 14

Susan G. Komen Philadelphia

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This week I covered Simon’s Fund Soiree in both Philly Mag and Philly Style Mag
It’s interesting both online mag’s started off with similar photo or ie the most notable people in the room.
Check back with PhillyChitChat on Sunday for Philly Gossip and Good News, a regular column appearing Sunday’s and Thursday’s
Have a great Saturday.

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Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston to Film In Philadelphia, Taylor Kinney’s Philly Girl Friend, Wanda Sykes Eats Out,

Good Wednesday morning. There’s a chill in the air, but now here’s some exciting news. After a lonnnnnnnnggggg drought in film making in Philly. Philly’s own Kevin Hart is on his way back to film another movie in our fair City. Last night Sharon Pinkenson, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Film Office, tweeted for joy with the good news for which she has worked so hard to get.

Lancaster, PA on Sunday


GFPO Press Release: Philadelphia, PA – (October 25, 2016) – Philadelphia will be the primary filming location early next year for The Weinstein Company’s The Untouchables, directed by Neil Burger, who also directed Limitless in Philadelphia, written by Jon Hartmere and executive produced by Bob and Harvey Weinstein.  The Untouchables stars Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston and Philadelphia native, powerhouse comedian Kevin Hart in the US remake of the French comedy, The Intouchables.  The movie follows an aristocrat who, after becoming a paraplegic following a paragliding accident, hires an unemployed man with a criminal record to be his caregiver. (SOURCE)


I was wondering why Bryan Cranston was in town earlier this month. Super fan Team Derek caught up with him at 30th Street Station.

Kevin Hart was just in town too promoting his comedy stand up routine movie “What Now?”, which was filmed in Philly last summer at the Linc.

I heard about the movie last week while I was at the Philadelphia Film Festival Opening Party on Thursday night, my friends tell me filming will begin in late January, brrr.

Speaking about hot, fresh off her appearance with Ellen last week, local gal comedian Wanda Sykes celebrated her 8th wedding anniversary with wife Alex Sykes
at Chef Nick Elmi’s eatery Laurel (1617 E Passyunk Ave). If that wasn’t awesome enough, earlier in the week Inquirer’s Craig LaBan formidable food critic, upgraded Laurel to 4 bells. LaBan originally
reviewed Laurel in 2014.  It’s not unusal for LaBan to re-review restaurants and either add, keep the same or subtract a bell, as he once did for Del Frisco’s.
To buy the special edition of Craig LaBan
‘s reviews of his favorite 25 places in Philly go here.
Holy Cow Lady Gaga‘s ex Taylor Kinney is dating my radiologist @TJUHospital, South Philly’s Alanna DiGiovanni
Alanna DiGiovanni (l)
Sources tell me Taylor & new gf met a yr ago in AC, when Gaga performed with Tony Bennett last July 2015, but didn’t start dating til aft he broke off engagement to
They were social media friends and had kept in touch. Sadly I can’t check her SM cause she has erased her online life. Fortunately her friends read me and
have filled me in.
Alanna DiGiovanni (r) and her sister.
Recently the Flyer’s Michael Del Zotto stopped by Salon Vanity to get his locks looking great to skate
OK NOW – what a cutie – Ms Patti LaBelle’s granddaughter.
We are only a few weeks away from the Marian Anderson Awards, where Patti LaBelle and Gamble & Huff will receive the 2016 Marian Anderson Award at the annually anticipated Gala on November 15, 2016, at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. TICKETS HERE

Welcome to the New & Improved Philly Chit Chat

For years I’ve resisted going modern with Philly Chit Chat, while embracing modern technology like cell phones that take pictures and video and go on the internet.  When I started PCC back in 2007, I think AOL was still dial up or something like that and although that was annoying and eventually changed with the times, I ignored all the readers and friends who would call my blog outdated and ugly. I said isn’t it about the content, the pretty pictures, the information, why does it have to change.  Anyway here I am thanks to Chatterblast approaching me, with one of their partners 2ONE5 who knocked some sense into me as my dad would say. With help from Ian M Crumm and my hubby Mike Toub, here we are today at City Tap House revealing the newly refreshed PhillyChitChat.  Bear or bare with me as I’ve never used WordPress, although I think I am the only one left in the world that hasn’t. I can’t wait to explore all the nuances. UPDATE FROM this point: I can see there is a bit of a learning curve, there’s little notes at the bottom saying I need more text to meet the minimum standard of 300 words, are we there yet? I was eager to get a post up so I didn’t wait for my 2one5 lesson, which I really should get one  from them as they’re the experts. Isn’t this site pretty, I’m so excited.

Chatterblast Crew at Phlipadelphia at Field House

Chatterblast Crew at Flip Cup Tournament at Field House

That was a fun event, I wrote about it last week on PhillyChitChat but need to update the site so you can see it as it fell in that area after the cut off where I wasn’t supposed to add anything. Are we up to 300 words yet, usually I dont have these issues but today I am so excited to explore the site I am at a loss for words.

The 2one5 Team at Phlipadelphia

The 2one5 Team at Phlipadelphia

Thanks everyone, and thanks Tap House Logan, Janine and Christie Honigman for arranging the party. And you my friends and readers. And Danya Henninger, Billy Penn for that really nice article on my life and how I started blogging.

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And Replica Creative and Joe Kolodi for creating my LOGO, and Wallsome for the cool wall coverings.

And everyone, sorry if I forgot to include you, feel free to send me an email or shout it out.



PhillyGossip: The Rittenhouse Hotel’s New Restaurant, Caitlyn Jenner, Kanye West PLUS More

Good Friday morning. WOW did this week go by fast. Lots going on in Philly this week, and this weekend. Can’t believe we’re up to February 19 already. Spring is nearly around the corner. In the meantime I’m eating my Snap Kitchen meals and using my SAD light to get me through.

 An Evening with Caitlyn Jenner happened at Penn Wednesday night to a sold out crowd in which the audience had to either be attending Penn or an alumni. Neither Team Derek or I made the cut. Team Derek did meet Caitlyn at the Rittenhouse Hotel, and told me she was super friendly. Posed for photos and signed dozens of magazines for them. Check out Billy Penn for more photos and info on her chat at Penn.


Speaking of the Rittenhouse Hotel, the Philly foodie community has been on the edge of their seats to see what eatery is going to fill the space left vacant by Smith & Wollensky. Although Michael Klein alluded to it last year in a post, I will tell you it’s more than a rumor now, it’s going to be Scarpetta,
which is an Italian restaurant with locations in New York, Montauk, Las Vegas, Beverly Hills and Miami. Friends of mine had dinner at the NYC one, and the server told them he was excited to begin work at the eatery. I spoke to Philly friends who have put me in touch with the investor behind the project. The transformation of the space hasn’t started yet, and they hope to begin this month and complete sometime in the summer. Some say it could be done by the time Hillary gets nominated, but that seems to be an ambition goal.
George from the Bronx said:
“This place is f——- amazing. I should just end my review here. But as
a yelper I will tell you the food journey I went on because it was
unbelievable. A fatass journey at the very least…because Scarpetta
left me speechless. I wish I lived next door that is how much love I
have for this place.”
 I like their hours too, til 10:30PM every night but Sundays when they close at 10PM.
They also participated in NYC’s restaurant week. I love this place already.
Speaking of Grammy’s, Kanye West thankfully wasn’t there, but he was still making a fool of himself on Social Media when he complained he was in debt for $57 million. The Philly Police stepped forward offering him a job.
But I think Philly Smurfette told us something we all kinda know.
Great shot of a packed Fillmore Philly before the Bryan Adams concert on
Monday night, by Marilyn Russell, BenFM, who hosted the event.
Congrats to Philly fashion designer Michael Thomas who dressed Philadelphia Recording Artist Kriss Mincey for the Grammy’s on Monday night. Michael doesn’t have a website, but told me you could reach him at bewellbefaithful@gmail.com
A couple of Flyers ( Radko Gudas, Ryan White and Michael Nieurberth) leaving the Claude Giroux Foundation 2nd annual event at Lucky Strike Lanes Wednesday night.


 It was windy on Monday.
 Condolences to Big Ang‘s family, and so many of my friends who lost someone they adore. My timeline was filled with photos of with Big Ang.
  Geno Vento continues his philanthropic ways in Philly. The other night he was a sponsor of the Nova Temple BBall game, and received the evenings ball. 
All week he’s been the title sponsor for Philadelphia Fashion Week who is having wonderful shows at their new location in South Philly. Tickets are still left for the remaining two nights. Check out the Philly Voice today which covered the show’s street style fashion.
Thoughts and prayers go out to Miss NJ 2013 Cara McCollum and family who was critically injured in a car accident Monday night on Rt 55 in SNJ. There’s now a website Prayers for Cara
where you can go to get updates on Cara.  

I met Cara through Miss Philadelphia 2013 Francesca Ruscio a few years back, as did Keith Jones, NBC10 reporter/anchor and boyfriend of Cara.
We were all last together at The Cole Hamels Diamonds and Denin Gala last summer, where we all shared a table.
The duo were in love more than ever. Cara was finally finished school and so excited for the next chapter of her life, at the new start up TV station SNJToday as an Anchor . She was so glad to be able to spend all her days with Keith. We didn’t see each other often, but via social media we’d catch up, and I knew I’d see her at the Red Cross Red Ball coming up, as Keith MC’d it every year.

Qdoba Mexican Grill Closed at 19th and Chestnut, Pearl Properties Moves Ahead with what I reported weeks ago

I first reported a few weeks in November it looks like Pearl Properties is planning to build an apartment highrise down the street from Rittenhouse House Square. 

Follow me on Twitter   where I break news & rumors.
UPDATE 3/31/14: 

Pearl Properties has created preliminary plans to erect a high rise
residential apartment tower on the southwest corner of 19th and Chestnut
with the residential entrance on 19th. The project is just east of the
Boyd Theater site and across the street from the CVS pharmacy. The
plans call for the preservation of the property situated on the
southwest corner of 19th and Chestnut, recently occupied by the Qdoba
restaurant. Sketches show retail on two
floors accessible from the ground floor with the entry on Chestnut. The
site is zoned CMX4 (center city commercial mixed use), which prescribes a
floor area ratio (FAR) of between 500% and 700% depending upon whether
the property qualifies for Section 14-702 bonuses for amenities such as
public art, public space, underground parking or green elements. A 7
story building with a footprint occupying 100% of the buildable space
on a lot has an FAR of 700%, while a 14 story building with a footprint
occupying 50% of the buildable space would have an FAR of 700%. CCRA has
created a major development taskforce which has met twice with Pearl
Properties and is making arrangements for Pearl’s representatives to
present their plans at a public meeting to be held on April 29 at 7:00
PM, at a location still to be determined. Stay tuned.

I had heard that the deal between Little Pete’s and Mac’s Tavern fell
through after Little Pete’s owners got an offer they couldn’t refuse from Pearl
Properties. Pete was very generous when he broke the news to the
Mac’s Tavern peeps, who are now on the lookout for a new home on the west
side of Broad Street. Of course I was 100% this thing was going to happen, I am sensitive to the fact that it affects people and their livelihood. I wouldn’t have reported this had I known it wasn’t happening. (I probably could have waited on the Bloomingdale’s story since it’s so far out, but that is happening too. They are waffling on whether it’s going to be going in BCF or the KMart space. They definitely didn’t want the old Strawbridge because of 8th & Market area. Bloomies really isn’t fond of the KMart space.)

Qdoba Mexican Grill closed on Saturday. Now Pearl owns all the property from the corner to the Boyd Theater.

How amazing that Pearl Properties held on to the empty lot on the right for nearly a decade and then it all fell into place for them.
Look for Pearl Properties to build a 1st class, 20 – 25 story apartment building, with retail on the first floor. Look for a high end wrap around restaurant on the corner of 19th and Chestnut. This is a very exciting project for the Rittenhouse Square area, especially for the Chestnut Street revival which I’ve been writing about for the past year. 16th Street to 22nd Street. Great things are happening in the City.

check out my year end review here